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DEWA Elevates Utility Experience with Cutting-Edge Apple Vision Pro App

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has unveiled its smart application on the Apple Vision Pro glasses, marking a pioneering step as the first utility company to leverage this augmented and virtual reality integrated technology for service delivery.

Wed, Apr 3, 2024 3:22pmGrey Clock 2 min

By integrating the smart app with Apple Vision Pro’s wide array of capabilities, DEWA aims to elevate the customer experience.  This initiative is part of DEWA’s broader strategy to drive smart service uptake and deliver its offerings through multiple digital platforms. The app on Apple Vision Pro encompasses extensive services and functionalities.

Users can log in via the UAE Pass, username and password, or eyeprint verification, and can easily select their primary account for queries and access visual data through virtual touch and drag.

The application enables customers to check their bill details, make payments via Apple Pay, utilize the Smart Living dashboard, and review consumption reports on a daily, monthly, and annual basis against comparable households via the My Sustainable Living Programme. It also offers personalized consumption efficiency advice and an individual environmental footprint for each user.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, expressed the organization’s commitment to adopting cutting-edge technologies, including generative AI and metaverse, to offer innovative, secure, and proactive services accessible 24/7 through various user-friendly channels.

This approach not only streamlines transactions but also aligns with Dubai’s vision to become the smartest and happiest city globally. Al Tayer highlighted that DEWA’s state-of-the-art digital infrastructure has successfully driven the smart adoption rate of its services to 99.2%.

In 2023, DEWA saw a 25% increase in digital transactions from the previous year, totaling approximately 12.5 million, demonstrating its vital role in realizing the ambitious goals set by Dubai’s leadership.

These transactions spanned over 2.1 million through the website, more than 3.2 million via the smart app, and in excess of 6.8 million across various digital platforms in partnership with other entities.



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Preparatory Work for UAE to Oman Hafeet Rail Project Commences at Full Speed

Preparations have begun on the transformative UAE to Oman Hafeet Rail network, revealing significant construction details during a site visit.

Thu, May 16, 2024 3 min

The $3bn Hafeet Rail project between the UAE and Oman will feature 60 bridges and a 2.5km tunnel, making it an “architectural and engineering marvel,” according to CEO Ahmed Al Musawa Al Hashemi.

Hafeet Rail has announced that preparatory work is moving full speed ahead for constructing the transformative railway link between the UAE and Oman. This announcement was made during a site visit attended by key officials, members of the Asyad and Hafeet Rail executive management teams, project contractors, and consultants.

Key Highlights

During the visit, attendees were introduced to the main components of the project, including passenger, repair, and shipping stations, as well as major bridges and tunnel sites.

The Hafeet Rail project is set to play a very important role in enhancing local and regional trade, unlocking new opportunities in the infrastructure, transportation, and logistics sectors, and fostering economic diversification. It will also strengthen bilateral relations between the UAE and Oman.

The project will involve constructing 60 bridges, some reaching heights of up to 34 meters, and tunnels extending 2.5 kilometres. The Hafeet Rail team showcased the latest rail technologies and innovative engineering and architectural solutions designed to navigate the challenging geographical terrain and weather conditions while maintaining high standards of efficiency and safety.

The rail network will boost various industrial sectors and economic activities and significantly impact the tourism industry by facilitating easier and faster travel between the two countries.

Ahmed Al Bulushi, Asyad Group Chief Executive Asset, noted that the project’s rapid progress reflects the commitment of the UAE and Oman to developing and realizing the project’s multifaceted benefits.

Investment and Future Impact

Al Bulushi added that investments in developing local capabilities and expertise in rail-related disciplines over recent years have enabled the project to reach the implementation phase successfully under the leadership of highly efficient and professional national talent.

Hafeet Rail’s CEO Ahmed Al Musawa Al Hashemi emphasized, “The commencement of preparatory works for construction is a testament to the robust synergy between all parties involved in both nations, achieving this milestone in record time. We are confidently laying down the right tracks thanks to the shareholders of Hafeet Rail and the expertise of local companies in Oman and the UAE, alongside international partners.”

During the site visit, the visitors explored some of the key preparatory sites, including Wadi Al Jizi, where a 700-meter-long bridge towering 34 meters will be constructed. This ambitious project is envisioned as an architectural and engineering marvel in a complex geographical landscape.

Future phases will require more collaboration, with a continued focus on quality, safety, and environmental considerations in line with the international industry best practices.

The Hafeet Rail project represents the first-of-its-kind railway network linking two Gulf nations, marking a significant shift in regional goods transportation. This efficient and reliable transportation option will reduce dependence on slower and less sustainable road transport.

Hafeet Rail promises a 40% reduction in shipping costs and a 50% in transit times compared to traditional land transportation methods, as it will be connecting five major ports and several industrial and free zones in both countries.

This shift will reduce reliance on road transport by cars and trucks and promote more sustainable shipping practices. The establishment of the railway network will also create significant opportunities for SMEs in construction, engineering, and logistics support, acting as a catalyst for economic growth and innovation within the domestic economy.

By linking major ports, the Hafeet Rail project will enable local SMEs to import, export, and distribute their products more effectively, enhancing their market reach and global competitiveness.

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